Talking West Cheshire

E-petitions project goes live

15 October 2010

An online scheme which will allow petitions to Cheshire West and Chester Council to be created, signed and submitted online has gone live today (Friday, 15 October).

The move, which follows new policy governing how petitions are presented to and dealt with by the authority, will allow Cheshire West residents to make their views known from the comfort of their own home.

Using the same guidelines as for paper petitions, an organiser will be able to set up a petition page on the authority’s website, which will then be valid for a maximum of 12 months.

To sign an e-petition you will simply provide your name, postcode and valid email address.

Once an e-petition has being created it will automatically be submitted to the Council’s Democratic Services team for action.

Council Leader, Councillor Mike Jones, said: “I am sure that residents will find this new way of creating and submitting petitions to be safe, easily accessible and much more convenient than paper copies which people have to physically sign.

“The Cheshire West and Chester Council has an open and transparent approach and this new scheme will allow residents to be able to see all petitions and their outcomes - bringing us closer to the people we represent and serve.”

Petitions can be signed or organised by anyone who lives, works or studies in West Cheshire, including under 18-year-olds.

Petitions containing more than 750 names now automatically mean the subject will be reviewed at an Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Those with over 1,500 names result in a full debate at Council.

For further information on submitting a petition or to view details of all petitions received and how they are dealt with, please visit the E-petitions page.

Paper petitions can still be sent to:
Head of Legal and Democratic Services
Floor 4, HQ
58 Nicholas Street,
Chester
CH1 2NP

They can also be presented to a meeting of the Council, which takes place six times a year at venues across Cheshire West and broadcasts live on the Council’s website.